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Pototan AEWs, OFWs, farmers train in cacao production, post-harvest handling, marketing

Pototan AEWs, OFWs, farmers train in cacao production, post-harvest handling, marketing

POTOTAN, ILOILO - About 30 participants composed of cacao growers and farmers, agricultural extension workers, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from all over Western Visayas are attended the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 6 training course on Cacao Production, Post-Harvest Handling, and Marketing from April 26-28, 2017, at Pototan, Iloilo.
 
The training aimed to enhance knowledge and skills of the participants in cacao production, processing, and marketing. Cacao and Coffee Focal Person of DA-RFO 6 Relvin Paragua explained the production techniques through lectures and demonstrations held at the Pototan Cacao and Fruit Tree Growers Association, Inc. Farm at RY Ladrido St., Pototan, Iloilo. In addition, Owner/Manager of Cabatuan’s Balay Tablea discussed post-harvest handling and processing of cacao.
 
Participants actively participated in the hands-on demonstrations on various types of grafting techniques and proper seed selection. Farm observation and pruning was also done as part of the demonstration. Other topics include processing and market analysis.
 
The training management staff was led by Emily Revecensio, Training Specialist II, and Project Officer Vianney T. Ojerio, Development Management Officer II, and Wilmer Rentino as support staff. //VTOjerio/ATI Region6/CMDS